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2018 CPP RSCA Awardees

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On March 2, 2018, nearly 200 student projects were showcased at the 6th Annual Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference at Cal Poly Pomona. Ten student projects were recognized as exemplary. Each exemplary project will receive a $100 cash award and be nominated to represent Cal Poly Pomona at the 32nd Annual California State University Student Research Competition to be held at CSU Sacramento on May 4-5, 2018.


Session 1: Behavioral Sciences

Title: The Power in Individual Consent: A Critical Examination of How Gatekeeping and Stereotypes Affect Access to Student-Veterans in the Qualitative Interview Process

Presenter: William Atienza

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erica Morales, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Session 2: Biological and Agricultural Sciences (Graduate)

Title: The transpacific species Berthella californica is a species complex

Presenter: Hessam Ghanimi

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ángel Valdés, College of Science


Session 3: Biological and Agricultural Sciences (Undergraduate)

Title: Aerosolized Liposomal Amphotericin B (AmBisome) Maintains Antifungal Drug Concentrations in Lungs for up to Five Days Post-Treatment

Presenter: Janam Dave

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jill Adler-Moore, College of Science


Session 4: Humanities and Letters

Title: "Where Do I Belong, Here or Where You Are?": A Postcolonial Feminist Reading of "Wide Sargasso Sea" and "Corpse Song"

Presenter: Parveena Singh and Devon Mier

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Baker, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Session 5: Engineering

Title: Morphology Development of Aluminide Coatings on Mo-Si-B-Ti Alloys

Presenter: Zachery Walsh, Shahan Kasnakjian, Logan Gallegos, and Deepali Patil

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vilupanur Ravi, College of Engineering


Session 6: Multidisciplinary

Title: Innovative Classroom Assessment

Presenter: Michael Ramirez, Laura Dasilva, Nguyen Nguyen, and Cheyenne Romero

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Faye Wachs and Dr. Juliana Fuqua, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Session 7: Engineering

Title: Thermal Nitridation of Stainless Steel Bipolar Plates in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Presenter: Kevin Duong and Adrian Barcimo

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vilupanur Ravi, College of Engineering


Session 8: Engineering

Title: Design, and testing of a solar-driven wastewater treatment unit for off-grid applications.

Presenter: Justine Nguyen, Daniel Andrade, Thuan Nguyen, Kyle Miller, Masoud Modabernia, John Kest, Johnny Baradii, Laura Lopez, Binh Phun, and David Jacobo

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Reza Lakeh, College of Engineering


Session 9: Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Title: A Sensitive Method for Aging Stellar Birthplaces

Presenter: Evan Nunez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Povich and Dr. Breanna Binder, College of Science


Session 10: Biological and Physical Sciences

Title: Ternary complexes Through Maillard Conjugation of Sodium Caseinate, Dextran and Resveratrol to be used as emulsifiers

Presenter: Benjamin Steiner

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gabriel Davidov-Pardo, College of Agriculture